Stroud District Settlement Role and Function Study 2014
To support the preparation of the current Local Plan, the Planning Strategy Team undertook a study of how 32 of the District's larger and most complex settlements function. The study provided evidence to back up the Settlement Hierarchy which is set out in Core Policy CP3 and which forms the backbone of the Local Plan's development strategy, including the future distribution of development across the District.
This is a desk-based study, which collates and analyses existing evidence and readily-available data, including Census material. Statistical analysis was based around four main topic areas, with the aim of producing a 'profile' of the settlements, identifying their main roles, how they function now and how this might change in the future:
- Population and housing
- Employment role
- Travel to work and access to services and facilities
- Retail and community role